Image: Maxwell Callaghan, Carpet of not knowing very much, 2018, oil on canvas, 90x120cm. Image courtesy the artist.

The Adelaide Town Hall is home to an exceptional art gallery. 

Delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide, ART WORKS 2020 is a program of residencies and creative engagements, designed to provide a city-based platform for artists and writers to pursue new ways of working and engaging with audiences. This project brings a dedicated program of exhibitions that is evocative and unique to the Adelaide Town Hall. 

In August, this exhibition also forms part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival program.

ART WORKS | You’re only human, after all

6 July - 23 October 2020

Adelaide Town Hall Foyer and Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation room) 

Curated by ART WORKS 2020 Emerging Curator Steph Cibich

We are bound by something we cannot see. Our emotional and intuitive responses are part of every human experience. When strong, these feelings spark connections with other people, objects, surroundings and create meaning in our lives. Such bonds inform our personal identity and facilitate relationships within communities. Despite our differences, we are all connected by what we feel.

You’re only human, after all offers a safe and immersive space to consider these ideas as expressed through art. Inspired by ART WORKS 2020 Artist in Residence, Jasmine Ann Dixon and her investigations into emotionally charged paintings, this exhibition features a breadth of emerging and established South Australian artists. Alongside Dixon is the work of Maxwell Callaghan, Tony Kearney, Anna Platten, Margaret Richards, Lee Walter and Raymond Zada. These artists draw on themes of emotional expression and human connectedness in an eclectic display of works of various mediums and styles. In this way, You’re only human, after all offers creative insight into the authentic, relatable and sometimes uncomfortable truths regarding how it feels to be a human being.

This exhibition is presented at the Adelaide Town Hall as part of the 2020 ART WORKS Emerging Curator Program, delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide.

ART WORKS 2020: In Conversation

ART WORKS Emerging Curator Steph Cibich and artists Raymond Zada and Lee Walter discuss the exhibition and featured works from You’re only human, after all. This is then followed by a discussion between ART WORKS Writer in Residence Susan Charlton and ART WORKS Artist in Residence Jasmine Ann Dixon.

Previous exhibitions

Our Future in the Landscape - 2020

As the exhibiition was unavailable to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, the previous exhibition can now be viewed through a virtual tour that includes a voiceover from the curator herself, Steph Cibich.


You can read more about ART WORKS by visiting the Guildhouse website.